Baia dei Mori on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia is one of those places that you just have to visit. If you appreciate authentic Italian culture, cuisine – all with typical Med flair – fabulous locations and vistas (from a boat or land) then it’s definitely a place for you.
Neilson Holidays opened their Baia dei Mori (Budoni) resort in 2017 and we were fortunate enough to visit before the majority of guests descended. We were given the five star treatment and allowed to play with all the brand new, latest watersports equipment – included the newly rebranded Perception Scooter now the Wave Sport Scooter.
With a whole fleet of kayaks, paddle boards, dinghies, windsurfing equipment, mountain bikes and catamarans there’s plenty to get involved with.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Fly into Olbia from either Heathrow or Bristol. It’s then a 45 minute transfer by coach to the actual resort. Car hire is available but to be honest we’d recommended using the provided transfer as it’s slightly less hassle to begin with. You can always sort car rental later.
Neilson’s Baia de Mori hotel was newly refurbished for 2017 and as such the whole complex is pristine. Accommodation comes as garden style villas which have a variety of configurations to suit. There’s a pool bar/restaurant, main dining area and restaurant, spa and well being area plus those all important beach toys to play with. Tennis, mountain biking and kids clubs are also available. It’s also possible to kitesurf (offsite) for a small supplement.
From a kayaking point of view there’s very little in the way of hazards. Rocks flank the beach to the right, which are worth steering clear of if you’re an anxious paddler. Confident kayakers, however, are free to investigate the rocky shoreline here.
Seaweed (thick seaweed at that!) had been washed up on the beach during our visit. This isn’t so much a hazard but it is thick enough to end up sinking in during launching so worth noting.
Baia dei Mori does get breezy – usually around late morning. The wind blows in a cross offshore direction so worth keeping an eye on as windy conditions could make getting back to the beach tricky. That said there are plenty of rescue boats on hand should you need a lift. It’s also worth watching out for other watercraft as some pilots aren’t the most experienced.
INS AND OUTS:
The put in is straight out front as you hit the beach. Neilson have a designated sailing area which is marked by buoys dropped in the drink offshore. There’s plenty of space though to roam free in your kayak.
If you’re of a culinary bent then the surrounding restaurants in the area offer superb dining. Authentic Italian cuisine, cooked in a home style manner with hearty potions are typically what you’ll discover. Although we didn’t investigate there are no doubt even more options further afield should you choose to have a look/see.
Baia dei Mori, part of Budoni Village, is a stunning and tranquil corner of Sardinia. With azure blue, shallow water and Neilson’s high end watersports club facilities on hand you’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of what activities you can get involved with – not just kayaking. Tuition is offered, free of charge, plus all the necessary tools to have you up and riding whatever craft you take out.
The bay itself is perfect for cruising about aboard a sit on top and it’s also a cracking place to introduce your offspring to the joys of paddling. If they join in with kids club then they’ll be taken on the water as standard anyway.
And don’t forget the exquisite food which we’ve already mentioned. It’s pretty good at the hotel itself but get out beyond the confines and you’ll discover some amazing Italian eating.